Use your imagination to match the pre-reading activity to the folktale in a way that respects the setting and invites students into the culture.
Information Gaps divide of up the factual information and then asks students to have a conversation to exchange the information. I am very clear about the purpose of this activity is interpersonal speaking information exchange. I invite students to keep their paper secret. For novice and intermediate speakers, I include sentence frames.
- Infogap Template
- Polynesian Animals Infogap in English
- Polynesian Animals Infogap in French
- Mexican Animals Infogap in Spanish
- Who Lives in the Galapagos in Spanish
- Passport Example
- Which Aztec God would you take on a Picnic? in Spanish
Activating Prior Knowledge
Once students are in middle or high school, it can be helpful to surface prior knowledge. To take a quick temperature, I use the Mentimeter. Students can also do this on paper or in their electronic notebook.
- Personal Opinion
- Anticipation Guide
- Sample Anticipation Guide - the Frog and the Drought in French
- Sample Anticipation Guide - Bouki and Rabbit in French
- KWLH Chart
- Sample Powerpoint - Louisiana
See also Countering Unhelpful Stereotypes in a separate post.